Chao-Yang Lu’s academic webpage

– Born in Zhejiang on November 1982, PhD from University of Cambridge (2011), Professor of Physics at University of Science and Technology of China (since 2011)

Career snapshots:

剑桥大学博士(2011 首批青千(2011 首批优青(2012 上海千人(2013 求是杰青(2014 国家杰青(2015 国家自然科学一等奖(2015Breakthrough of the Year (2015)  OSA Fellow (2016)  Fresnel Prize (2017)




l  Research interest

Quantum computation, solid-state quantum photonics, multi-particle entanglement, quantum teleportation etc.

In collaboration with Prof. Jian-Wei Pan (director of Quantum Physics and Quantum Information Division), I am leading two groups: Solid-State Quantum Photonics & Multi-Photon Entanglement with 1 postdocs and 9 students.

l  Publications

1 Reviews of Modern Physics, 1 Science, 3 Nature, 3 Nature Physics, 4 Nature Photonics, 2 Nature Nanotechnology, 3 PNAS, 21 PRL, 1 PRX, 1 Physics Reports, 2 Nano Lett., 5 PRA, 1PRB, 1 Opt Lett. + book chapters published by Cambridge University Press and Springer; with total >2400 citations (ISI web of science, November 2016), >4500 updated in Google scholar;

l  Recent news from the group members

Ø  09-08-2017  With the publication of two back-to-back Nature papers (Liao et al. 2017, Nature doi:10.1038/nature23655; Ren et al. 2017, Nature doi:10.1038/nature23675) today together with the earlier Science paper (Yin et al. 2017, Science 356, 1140), our collaboration with the quantum satellite team completed a trio of quantum experiments (quantum key distribution, entanglement distribution and Bell test, and quantum teleportation) that will be central to any global space-based quantum internet.

Ø  07-07-2017  Three new papers (blind quantum computing, spin-photon transfer, quantum metrology) are recently accepted by PRL.

Ø  27-06-2017  Prof. Lu received the 2017 Fresnel Prize from the European Physical Society at the CLEO-Europe/EQEO conference. The prize, awarded only once every two years, is to recognize outstanding contributions to quantum electronics and optics made by young scientists before the age of 35.

Ø  28-05-2017  From this day on, you may call them Dr. Ming-Cheng Chen and Dr. Zuen Su. Congratulations!

Ø  27-05-2017  Implementation of the quantum algorithm for solving systems of linear equations was published in Physical Review Letters, a nice collaboration with Prof. H. Wang (Zhejiang University) and X. Zhu.

Ø  17-05-2017  Time-bin encoded boson sampling was published in Physical Review Letters.

Ø  04-05-2017  Prof. Lu won the prestigious China National Youth Medal (中国青年五四奖章).

Ø  02-05-2017  High-efficiency multi-photon boson sampling was published in Nature Photonics.

Ø  01-12-2016  Our work on efficient and indistinguishable single photons was selected as “Optics in 2016” by Optics & Photonics News of OSA.

Ø  19-11-2016  We were excited to submit our latest manuscript entitled “Multi-photon boson-sampling machines beating early classical computers” that achieved boson-sampling up to 5 photons, and at least 27,000 times more efficient than all previous work. We built the first quantum photonics device that kick-starts an actual race between optical quantum computers against classical computers.

Ø  16-11-2016  Ten-photon entanglement paper was published by Physical Review Letters, and highlighted by Nature and APS Physics.

Ø  20-10-2016  Prof. Lu was elected a Fellow of OSA.

Ø  06-07-2016  Ming-Cheng was award the prestigious Science and Technology Innovation Award of the Chinese Young (第十届中国青少年科技创新奖).

Ø  09-05-2016  Prof. Lu was awarded the first Jin Guo Fan Young Scientist Innovation Award by the Chinese Society of Optical Engineering.

Ø  02-05-2016  Our paper on transform-limited single photons was accepted by Phys. Rev. Lett., reporting more than 1000 highly indistinguishable single photons emitting from a solid-state device.

Ø  18-02-2016  Need 4N resources for N-qubit entanglement measure (mission impossible)? No thanks. Just a handful is fine. See today our new paper on PRL.

Ø  14-01-2016  Our paper, in collaboration with Sven Hofling’s group in Wurzburg, on high-efficiency, high-purity, and high-indistinguishability single-photon source is published online in PRL as an “editor suggestion” paper, accompanied with an excellent Synopsis entitled “All-around single-photon source” in Physics, a research highlight in nature, a story entitled “Single-photon source is efficient and indistinguishable” in Physics World, and an article entitled “Micropillar + Quantum Dot = Single-Photon Source” in Optics & Photonics News.

Ø  08-01-2016  Prof. Lu is part of the team that won first-class prize of National Natural Science Award 2015 – the most important scientific prize in China. We received the Award certificate from President Xi Jinping.

Ø  11-12-2015  Our work on quantum teleportation was highlighted by IOP Physics World as “Breakthrough of the Year”!

Ø  01-12-2015  Our new work on deterministic, pure, indistinguishable and efficient single photon source is accepted for publication in PRL. It has been a great challenge putting all together in a single tiny dot.

Ø  29-08-2015  Alibaba joined us in establishing a new laboratory: CAS-Alibaba Quantum Computing Laboratory, with a contribution of 30 million Yuan per year for five years.

Ø  15-06-2015  The second batch of PhDs from our group: congratulations to Dr. Yu He, Dr. Xindong Cai, and Dr. Yujia Wei. Yu will continue his research for another half a year in Hefei and then join Michelle Simmons’s group as a research fellow in Australia. Xindong, after publishing his seminal papers on quantum computing the big data, will switch to finance in Shanghai. Yujia will become a lecture at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. All the best for their future career!

Ø  18-03-2015  Prof. Chao-Yang Lu and Prof. Sven Hofling jointly won 2015 CAS International Cooperation Award for Young Scientists.

Ø  02-03-2015  Our work on the first observation of photon antibunching from two-dimensional atomic monolayers is accepted by Nature Nanotechnology. A marriage between two major fields: Graphene-like materials and Quantum optics & information. This research is covered in nature feature news, nature materials news & views, nature nanotechnology news & views.

Ø  27-02-2015  Our work on entanglement-based machine learning is accepted by Phys. Rev. Lett. An interesting application of quantum computing in artificial intelligence! There is a nice story covering our work in Phys Org.

Ø  29-01-2015  Our work on Dynamically controlled resonance fluorescence spectra from a doubly dressed single InGaAs quantum dot is accepted by Physical Review Letters!

Ø  11-01-2015  Congratulations to our (first) postdoc, Dr. Xi-Lin Wang, who joined us after finishing his PhD in Nanjing University three years ago, won the most prestigious QIQP Exceptional Postdoc Prize (150K RMB) and is promoted to be an Assistant Professor in USTC. Meanwhile, Yujia won QIQP outstanding student prize (50K RMB).

Ø  07-01-2015  Our work on quantum teleportation of multiple properties of a single quantum particle is accepted by Nature! This is the first time physicists are able to teleport multiple degrees of freedom, 18 years after the first Innbruck experiments. Well done guys!

Ø  25-10-2014  New paper published in Nano Lett. with a record breaking 99.5% indistinguishability for on-chip single photons – a step closer to scalable photonic quantum technologies.

Ø  09-08-2014  Our new paper on temperature-dependent Mollow triplets accepted by PRL. Congratulations!

Ø  03-06-2014  Yu-Ming He successfully defended his PhD thesis and is now officially a doctor! Congratulations! Our first PhD. He has also won the prestigious DAAD-CSC fellowship to study nanophotonics and nanofabrication in Germany in half a year.

Ø  26-03-2014  Xi-Lin Wang won QIQP Excellent Postdoctor (100K RMB), Yu-Ming, Yu, and Xin-Dong won QIQP outstanding student prize (each 50K RMB). See link of 2011 Centre. Big Congratulations!!!!

Ø  10-11-2013  Nature Nanotechnology featured Yu-Ming’s nanoscience education from our group. See Nature Nanotechnology link and a coverage at the University website.

Ø  05-11-2013  Xin-Dong and Yu-Ming won 1st and 2nd prize for their presentations at the Graduate Student Conference, respectively, Congratulations!

Ø  13-09-2013  Prof. Chao-Yang Lu won Qiu Shi Oustanding Young Scholar Award (given to 10 exceptional researcher aged under 40 in China each year in science and engineering), with a cash prize of 150K US dollars.

Ø  01-10-2013  Xin-Dong and Yu-Ming won Qiushi Award and National Prize for Graduate Students, respectively, Congratulations!

Ø  01-09-2013  Prof. Chao-Yang Lu awarded Shanghai Qianren Talent.

Ø  01-06-2013  Yu-Ming won CAS President Award and a funding for promoting excellent PhD thesis, Congratulations.

l  Recent papers (* corresponding author, after 2012):

Ø  Z.-E. Su, Y. Li, P. P. Rohde, H.-L. Huang, X.-L. Wang, L.Li, N.-L. Liu, J. P. Dowling, C.-Y. Lu*, and J.-W. Pan, Multiphoton interference in quantum Fourier transform circuits and applications to quantum metrology, Phys. Rev. Lett. Accepted (2017).

Ø  J.-G. Ren, P. Xu, H.-L. Yong, L. Zhang, S.-K. Liao, J. Yin, W.-Y. Liu, W.-Q. Cai, M. Yang, L. Li, K.-X. Yang, X. Han, Y.-Q. Yao, J. Li, H.-Y. Wu, S. Wan, L. Liu, D.-Q. Liu, Y.-W. Kuang, Z.-P. He, P. Shang, C. Guo, R.-H. Zheng, K. Tian, Z.-C. Zhu, N.-L. Liu, C.-Y. Lu, R. Shu, Y.-A. Chen, C.-Z. Peng, J.-Y. Wang, J.-W. Pan, Ground-to-satellite quantum teleportation, Nature (2017), in press.

Ø  S.-K. Liao, W.-Q. Cai, W.-Y. Liu, L. Zhang, Y. Li, J.-G. Ren, J. Yin, Q. Shen, Y. Cao, Z.-P. Li, F.-Z. Li, X.-W. Chen, L.-H. Sun, J.-J. Jia, J.-C. Wu, X.-J. Jiang, J.-F. Wang, Y.-M. Huang, Q. Wang, Y.-L. Zhou, L. Deng, T. Xi, L. Ma, T. Hu, Q. Zhang, Y.-A. Chen, N.-L. Liu, X.-B. Wang, Z.-C. Zhu, C.-Y. Lu, R. Shu, C.-Z. Peng, J.-Y. Wang, J.-W. Pan, Satellite-to-ground quantum key distribution, Nature (2017), in press.

Ø  Y. He, Y.-M. He, Y.-J. Wei, X. Jiang, K. Chen, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Hofling, Quantum State Transfer from a Single Photon to a Distant Quantum-Dot Electron Spin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 060501 (2017).

Ø  H.-L. Huang, Q. Zhao, X. Ma, C. Liu, Z.-E. Su, X.-L. Wang, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, B. C. Sanders, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Experimental Blind Quantum Computing for a Classical Client, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 050503 (2017).

Ø  H. Wang, Y. He, Y.-H. Li, Z. Su, X. Ding, Y.-M. He, J. Qin, H.-L. Huang, C. Wang, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Höfling, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Multi-photon boson sampling beating early classical computers, Nature Photonics 11, 361 (2017)

Ø  J. Yin, Y. Cao, Y.–H. Li, S.–K. Liao, L. Zhang, J.–G. Ren, W.–Q. Cai, W.–Y. Liu, B. Li, H. Dai, G.–B. Li, Q.–M. Lu, Y.–H. Gong, Y. Xu, S.–L. Li, F.–Z. Li, Y.–Y. Yin, Z.–Q. Jiang, M. Li, J.–J. Jia, G. Ren, D. He, Y.–L. Zhou, X.–X. Zhang, N. Wang, X. Chang, Z.–C. Zhu, N.–L. Liu, Y.–A. Chen, C–Y. Lu, R. Shu, C.–Z. Peng, J.–Y. Wang, J.–W. Pan, Satellite-Based Entanglement Distribution Over 1200 kilometers, Science 356, 1140 (2017).

Ø  Y. R. Zheng, C. Song, M.-C. Chen, B.-X. Xia, W.-X. Liu, Q.-J. Guo, L.-B. Zhang, D. Xu, H. Deng, K.-Q. Huang, Y.-L. Wu, Z.-G. Yan, D.-N. Zheng, L. Lu, J.-W. Pan, H. Wang, C.-Y. Lu*, and X.-B. Zhu, Solving systems of linear equations with a superconducting quantum processor, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 210504 (2017)

Ø  Y. He, Z. Su, H. Huang, X. Ding, J. Qin, C. Wang, S. Unsleber, C. Chen, H. Wang, Y.-M. He, X.-L. Wang, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Höfling, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Time-bin-encoded Boson sampling with a single-photon device, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 190501 (2017)

Ø  X.-L. Wang, L.-K. Chen, W. Li, H.-L. Huang, C. Liu, C. Chen, Y.-H. Luo, Z.-E. Su, D. Wu, Z.-D. Li, H. Lu, Y. Hu, X. Jiang, C.-Z. Peng, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, Y.-A. Chen, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Experimental ten-photon entanglement, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 210502 (2016)

Ø  Y. P. Zhong, D. Xu, P. Wang, C. Song, Q. J. Guo, W. X. Liu, K. Xu, B. X. Xia, C.-Y. Lu*, S. Han, J.-W. Pan, and H. Wang, Emulating anyonic fractional statistical behavior in a superconducting quantum circuit. Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 110501 (2016).

Ø  H. Wang, Z.-C. Duan, Y.-H. Li, S. Chen, J.-P. Li, Y.-M. He, M.-C. Chen, Y. He, X. Ding, C.-Z. Peng, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Höfling, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Near transform-limited single photons from an efficient solid-state quantum emitter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 213601 (2016)

Ø  D. Wu, C. Liu, M.-C. Chen, Z.-E. Su, X.-L. Wang, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Experimental deterministic classification of multiparticle entanglement, arXiv (2016).

Ø  M.-C. Chen, D. Wu, Z.-E. Su, X.-D. Cai, X.-L. Wang, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, C.-Y. Lu*, and J.-W. Pan, Efficient measurement of multiparticle entanglement with embedding quantum simulator. Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 070502 (2016).

Ø  X. Ding, Y. He, Z.-C. Duan, N. Gregersen, M.-C. Chen, S. Unsleber, S. Maier, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Hofling, C.-Y. Lu* and J.-W. Pan, On-demand single photons with high extraction efficiency and near-unity indistinguishability from a resonantly driven quantum dot in a micropillar, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 020401 (2016).

Ø  Y.-M. He, G. Clark, J. R. Schaibley, Y. He, M.-C. Chen, Y.-J. Wei, X. Ding, Q. Zhang, W. Yao, X. Xu, C.-Y. Lu*, and J.-W. Pan, Single Quantum Emitters in Monolayer Semiconductors, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 497-502 (2015).

Ø  X.-D. Cai, D. Wu, Z.-E. Su, M.-C. Chen, X.-L. Wang, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, C.-Y. Lu*, and J.-W. Pan, Entanglement-based quantum machine learning, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 110504 (2015)

Ø  Y. He, Y.-M. He, J. Liu, Y.-J. Wei, H. Ramirez, M. Atatüre, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Höfling, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Dynamically controlled resonance fluorescence from a doubly dressed single InGaAs quantum dot. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 097402 (2015)

Ø  X.-L. Wang, X.-D. Cai, Z.-E. Su, M.-C. Chen, D. Wu, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, C.-Y. Lu*, and J.-W. Pan, Quantum teleportation of multiple properties of a single quantum particle, Nature 518, 516-519 (2015)

Ø  Y.-J. Wei, Y.-M. He, M.-C. Chen, Y.-N. Hu, Y. He, D. Wu, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Höfling, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Deterministic and robust generation of single photons from a single quantum dot with 99.5% indistinguishability using adiabatic rapid passage, Nano Lett. 14, 6515-6519 (2014)

Ø  Y.-J. Wei, Y. He, Y.-M. He, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Höfling, D. P. S. McCutcheon, A. Nazir, Temperature-dependent Mollow triplet spectra from a single quantum dot: Rabi frequency renormalisation and sideband linewidth insensitivity. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 097401 (2014).

Ø  C.-Y. Lu* & J.-W. Pan, Push-button photon entanglement. Nature Photonics 8, 174-176 (2014).

Ø  Y. He, Y.-M. He, Y.-J. Wei, X. Jiang, M.-C. Chen, F.-L. Xiong, Y. Zhao, C. Schneider, M. Kamp, S. Hofling, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Indistinguishable tunable single photons emitted by spin-flip Raman transitions in InGaAs quantum dots, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 237403 (2013).

Ø  X.-D. Cai, C. Weedbrook, Z.-E. Su, M.-C. Chen, M. Gu, M.-J. Zhu, L. Li, N.-L. Liu, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, Experimental quantum computing to solve systems of linear equations, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 230501 (2013).

Ø  Y.-M. He, Y. He, Y.-J. Wei, D. Wu, M. Atature, C. Schneider, S. Hofling, M. Kamp, C.-Y. Lu*, J.-W. Pan, On-demand semiconductor single-photon source with near-unity indistinguishability, Nature Nanotechnology 8, 213-217 (2013).

Ø  X.-H. Bao, F. Yang, C.-M. Li, Z.-S. Yuan, C.-Y. Lu*, and J.-W. Pan, Quantum teleportation between remote atomic-ensemble quantum memories, PNAS 109, 20347–20351 (2012).

Ø  J.-W. Pan, Z.-B. Chen. C.-Y. Lu*, H. Weinfurter, A. Zeilinger, and M. Zukowski, Multi-photon entanglement and interferometry, invited review, Rev. Mod. Phys. 84, 777-838 (2012).

Ø  X.-C. Yao, T.-X. Wang, P. Xu, H. Lu, G.-S. Pan, X.-H. Bao, C.-Z. Peng, C.-Y. Lu*, Y.-A. Chen, and J.-W. Pan, Observation of eight-photon entanglement, Nature Photonics 6, 225-228 (2012).

l  Recent press coverage

Ø  AAPPS Bulletin: August 2015 vol. 25 no. 4: “Towards Quantum Teleportation of Macroscopic objects”

Ø  SPIE News Room “Simultaneous teleportation of composite quantum states”, 10.1117/2.1201509.006118.

Ø  Physics World Breakthrough of the Year 2015: “Double quantum-teleportation milestone is Physics World 2015 Breakthrough of the Year”, (11 Dec 2015), News on IOP,, Interview live on Youtube:

Ø  APS Physics: “All-Around Single-Photon Source”, Physics | Synopsis, January 14, 2016

Ø  Nature research highlights: “Practical source of single photons”, (January 20, 2016)

Ø  OSA Optics & Photonics News: “Micropillar + Quantum Dot = Single-Photon Source”, (January 25, 2016)

Ø  IOP Physics World: “Single-photon source is efficient and indistinguishable”, (January 29, 2016)

Ø  “Science Star of China”, Nature News Feature: Quantum wizard - A young physicist works wonders with photons (June 20, 2016).

Ø  自然(NatureFeature article报道:The super materials that could trump graphene

Ø  英国物理学会(IOP)新闻网站(PhysicsWorld)报道:Two quantum properties teleported together for first time

Ø  美国《科学新闻》(Science News: “Physicists double their teleportation power

Ø  自然(NatureNews & Views: “Quantum physics: Teleportation for two

Ø  英国物理学会(IOP)新闻网站(PhysicsWorld)报道:Quantum computer solves simple linear equations

Ø  美国物理学会(APSPhysics网站Synopsis报道:Solving for X and Y

Ø  英国物理学会(IOP)新闻网站(Nanotechweb)报道:Super single-photon source for quantum computers

Ø  麻省理工学院技术评论(MIT technology review)报道: “First teleportation from one macroscopic object to another”

Ø  英国物理学会(IOP)新闻网站(PhysicsWorld)报道:“Physicists break record for extreme quantum state”

Ø  《科学美国人》(Scientific American)报道:“量子纠缠实验扩展到8个光子”

Ø  我科学家首次在《现代物理评论》上发表实验综述论文(人民网20120521日)

l  Research Grants as PI (with a sum of ~3M euros):

*       主持:中组部青年千人计划(300万)、国家重大科学研究计划(973)课题(400万)、中科院量子先导专项子课题(200万)

*       主持:国家自然科学基金重大研究计划项目(460万)、优秀青年项目(100万)、国家自然科学基金面上项目(75万)、安徽省自然科学基金杰出青年项目(15万)

*       主持:中国科学技术大学985启动经费(270万)、重要方向项目培育基金项目(100万)

*       骨干:国家自然科学基金创新群体


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